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Worker ‘Gas Tanks’ Close to Empty

December 16, 2011
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Scholars say employees have a reservoir of physical and psychological resources for fueling their work contributions—and those tanks are running low.
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Companies Pushing Workers Over the Limit

December 16, 2011
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Like Charlie Chaplin's character in the comedy Modern Times about an assembly-line worker who loses it after tightening one bolt too many, HR consultant Art Quinn says that when employees are pushed to their limits, the workplace can be a dehumanizing place.
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Perhaps Your Workers Are Entitled to New Titles

December 16, 2011
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A promotion can do a lot to make up for the longer hours and extra duties that many workers have wrestled with in the past couple of years. But firms often fail to see where employees who are learning on the job might fit into new roles.
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Democracy at Work: 5 Questions With Traci Fenton, Founder and CEO of WorldBlu

December 12, 2011
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Many people like to keep politics out of the workplace. But to Traci Fenton, what workplaces badly need is the infusion of a political idea: democracy.
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Confronting Barriers: An Interview With Lex Frieden

December 6, 2011
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As part of our 90th anniversary, Workforce Management is talking to some of the people and organizations that helped influence today's workplace. In this installment, Workforce Management contributor Susan Hauser speaks with Lex Frieden about the origins of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Frieden is a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The act was born partly out of his service as director of the National Council on the Handicapped (now the National Council on Disability) as well as his own experience of being denied admission to one university because he used a wheelchair.
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Desperate Housewife Sentenced in Huge California Workers' Comp Scam

December 6, 2011
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Investigators found the would-be reality TV star and her husband submitted 42 fraudulent claims and underreported tens of millions of dollars in payroll to avoid paying workers' compensation premiums.
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Secret Santa? Scary!

December 6, 2011
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Someone brought up a previous job they'd worked at and how the company would hold a Secret Santa event. I immediately felt this chill, like a nor'easter howling off Lake Michigan through an open window. Secret Santa? Oh man. Call in our EAP. I've harbored a Secret Santa humbug for years.
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2011 WINNER: Partnership—U.S. Navy

December 2, 2011
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For its program to increase culinary specialists' skills and boost sailors' quality of life, the Navy is the 2011 winner of the Optimas Award for Partnership.
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2011 WINNER: General Excellence—Ryan LLC

December 1, 2011
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For its flexible work program that reinvented the company's workplace culture, Ryan LLC is the 2011 winner of the Optimas Award for General Excellence.
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Detroit 3 Salaried Labor Costs to Overtake UAW Hourly Costs, Researcher Says

November 30, 2011
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For the first time in modern history, overall salaried labor costs next year at the Detroit 3 are expected to exceed those of all UAW-represented factory workers, says Sean McAlinden, chief economist for the Center for Automotive Research.
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